Research computing

The research computing platform provides researchers with a high performance computing and data management resource to achieve results that would not have been possible even just a few years ago.

Researchers are using the computing platform for:

  • Visualising large datasets (over 30GB)
  • Performing multi-core PET image reconstructions
  • Motion correction of awake animal imaging studies
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)–diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) processing of clinical trials data

The facility is equipped with the first ScaleMP vSMP computing platform in Australia. The Hoffman vSMP Computer uses innovative ScaleMP Versatile SMP (vSMP) architecture that aggregates multiple computers to appear as a single system, giving 72 Cores and 124Gb of RAM.

The approach reduces the complexity of administering and utilising a cluster of computers, allowing researchers to focus on the science.


  • Three vSMP computers: Hoffman, Petfire and Curie
  • Bioimage XD, open source software for analysing, processing and visualizing multi-dimensional microscopy images
  • Interactive Data Language (IDL), programming language software for data analysis
  • Matlab, technical computing language software for numerical computation, visualization, and programming
  • BrainVISA/Anatomist, software for imaging processing and visualisation
  • Screen, software for establishing virtual terminals
  • OpenNX, software for remote desktop display